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A total of 38 TDs have contributed to a Dáil debate on the report of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

A Dáil debate on the report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution has run for two days. These extracts are from statement(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil: “I am committed to having a referendum in May or June if possible.”

The Government is awaiting advice from the Attorney General about the constitutional implications of abortion legislation being the sole prerogative o(...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell  said the committee had given a very clear direction to Government. File photograph: Alan Betson

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have insisted they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations. The comm(...)

Within hours, Trump issued a recantation: “The doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman.”

Is there no line Donald Trump would not cross? Actually, there is one. It’s not incinerating an entire country, as he threatened to do to North Korea,(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said there would also be a new offence of coercive control under the Domestic Violence Bill 2017.

Domestic violence legislation introduced in the Dáil by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan provides for a new criminal offence of forced marriage. (...)

Repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution was proposed by Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan and passed overwhelmingly with the support of 13 other members. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment spent over three hours voting on individual recommendations for their final report. The first propos(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment is to recommend a series of changes to Ireland’s abortion legislation.

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment is to recommend a series of changes to Ireland’s abortion legislation, including allowing termination(...)

Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton: “You cannot turn off the internet nor expect the gardaí to be waiting at our airports for women carrying abortion pills.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A majority of members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have confirmed they will support abortions being made available without rest(...)

Repeal  activists outside the Dáil on a recent day  the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment was sitting.

Three Fianna Fáil members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have called for it to support making abortion available up to 12 weeks w(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: he said 200 additional permanent emergency beds would be ready by mid-December. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has told the Dáil it is a “very difficult phone call to take” when he is informed of the death of a rough sleeper. (...)

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